The Jacksonville Jaguars just released their first depth chart of the season ahead of their Week 1 preseason matchup against the New Orleans Saints and while some of the places these players are penciled in might not mean very much but they definitely don’t not mean very much, you know?
Anyway, let’s go through the depth chart and talk about it because, well, that’s what the preseason is for.
|William Poehls/Will Richardson Jr.
|Niles Paul/James O'Shaughnessy
|DJ Chark Jr.
|Rashad Greene/Shane Wynn
|Allen Lazard/Montay Crockett
|Dante Fowler Jr.
|Marcell Dareus/Abry Jones
|Telvin Smith Sr.
|Sammy Seamster/Quenton Meeks
|Tashaun Gipson Sr.
|Cody Davis/Tevaun Smith
|Don Carey III
|Rashad Greene Sr.
Will Richardson ain’t a guard
Remember when we thought the fourth round pick could be A.J. Cann’s eventual replacement at right guard? Yeah, it doesn’t really look that way. Aside from getting reps exclusively at right tackle — as far as I can remember — it doesn’t seem like head coach Doug Marrone or offensive line coach Pat Flaherty are going to mess with a position change along the starting five. Cann at right guard is, right now, a better option than asking Richardson to learn a new spot as a means of potentially shoring up that right guard spot.
Keelan Cole is the No. 1 receiver...
The Jaguars always list the No. 1 receiver at the top of the list. They did last year with Allen Robinson at the top and here they have Keelan Cole in his spot.
...and Donte Moncrief is way down the list
He’s been banged up a bit in camp so this makes sense. DJ Chark and Dede Westbrook are ahead of him. With praise from Blake Bortles as soon as camp started, Moncrief will likely get higher on the depth chart as the preseason progresses, but does he have the outside receiver opposite Marqise Lee or Keelan Cole wrapped up? I’m not so sure.
Ben Koyack is still hanging around
Koyack’s versatility as a tight end or an H-back on any given play makes him a favorite among the coaching staff. The fact he’s the unquestioned No. 2 tight end at this point says as much.
Leon Jacobs has the inside track to strongside linebacker
There haven’t been many surprises or stories when it comes to camp battles because, frankly, this roster is solid at the top. There’s not a lot of spots for young guys to step up. But with Paul Posluszny’s retirement, there was a void at strongside and Jacobs has made the most of his opportunity.
Jalen Myrick is fighting for a job
Newly signed D.J. Hayden is competing with Tyler Patmon for the nickel cornerback position and Myrick is the odd man looking out. The Jaguars likely keep five safeties as opposed to the typical four which could mean that they only keep five cornerbacks. If Myrick is going to stick around on the team that drafted him, he’s got to fend off Tre Herndon who has had a couple of highlights in camp so far.
Taven Bryan is Calais Campbell’s heir apparent
There doesn’t seem to be much gray area. Bryan was an accomplished defensive tackle in college but it looks like the Jaguars are going to line him up a little farther from the ball. Defensive coordinator Todd Wash said he’ll line up as a defensive tackle on third downs and obvious passing downs, but Bryan has a real chance to settle into a true defensive end opposite Yannick Ngakoue.
Marqise Lee is back at kick returner?
Corey Grant was the unquestioned kick returner for most of the 2017 season but it looks like the team is giving Lee another shot like he had in 2016. Lee didn’t return a single kickoff last season but he’s above Grant in the depth chart. Maybe the coaching staff has some ideas for Grant in this offense to where they want him fresh for first and second downs?
BONUS! Where is Malik Jackson?!
Did he get injured? Is he on the trading block? Did the guy who filled out the Jaguars.com depth chart page make a simple, yet overstated, mistake when he left the DT1 block blank? THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. Out of integrity for the hallowed #online depth chart, I cannot in good conscience just assume Malik was going to be in that convenient blank spot where he makes sense to be and pretend everything is going to be okay. According to the official website for your Jacksonville Jaguars, it would seem Malik is not on the team.
We will update as this story develops.